Step 3: Build the deck

Adding a small deck to the side of a storage shed really helps to integrate its appearance into the rest of the yard -- helps to keep it from simply looking like it "fell from the sky."

This deck is very simple.  I made a "ladder" frame of 2x6 treated lumber and decked it with the same material.

I built this deck to run the length of the building, and extend 5 feet from the side.  It's not large enough to hold a party on, but it is large enough to visually tie the building into the yard. 
<p>Knife141, what size is the shed?</p>
10 x 12
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<p>Not to sound like an idiot, but I really like the picture that shows the shelf on the inside of the shed with the windows.. What was the best way that you attached the shelf to the shed wall? Is it simply 2x4 that are cut at a 45 degree angle at both ends then the shelf if bolted ontop?</p><p>It's a very simple design that but works!</p><p>Also your landscaping is awesome for the shed! I noticed that sheds normally sit &quot;off&quot; the ground a little bit. Mine for instance is sitting on 6x6 posts, so that it is off the ground a little higher. I'd LOVE to do exactly what you did with the mulch. When you added the metal &quot;frame&quot; that houses the mulch (curved piece) what's the best way of adding the mulch to give the appearance that it's not a &quot;mound&quot; IE Your mulch looks about even with the grass but also looks even with the shed on the one side. I feel like if I added mulch it would have to be a higher mound to give the same appearance... Did you cut into the ground at all to remove dirt at all or simply laid the fabric cloth down then put mulch on top of that?</p><p>Thanks much! </p><p>-Nigel</p>
<p>You are correct about the shelf -- it is supported by a 2x4 cut at a 45 degree angle.</p><p>Regarding the mulch, I first placed a weed barrier fabric on the ground right over the grass, then added the mulch. My shed sits on 4x4 treated posts. It looks like it is even with the ground most probably because of the deck I built on one side, and since the ramp on the front takes up much of the width of the front, it sort of hides the fact that the building is 4 inches off the ground. Thank you for your comment!</p>
This is really nice, I want to do this to mine. I was trying to figure out how and where to put a small patio to sit in the evening.. Perfect, Thank you
<strong>As windows are the &quot;eyes&quot; of a building, consider adding more of them to make a structure look more homely.</strong> Most sheds are black holes inside when the door is shut, &amp; improved interior illumination helps you locate things (!!) or work/shelter indoors during bad weather. \<br> <br> Even a translucent roof panel can greatly improve daytime illumination, &amp; it's not so prone to breakage by intruders either.
Great job on your shed, you really gave me some ideas on how to &quot;jazz&quot; mine up a bit. Well done!
Thanks for the kind words! Good luck with your &quot;jazzing up&quot; project!
Great 'able - looking for ideas for my shed, I think I may do most of these. Great work!
Thanks for the compliment. Good luck with your shed!
Excelent work! I love it! Thanks for adding this..I have a new shed in my backyard..and I have been scouring the internet for ideas on how to integrate it into the garden. Thanks again!<br>
This is an easy project, because it can be divided into as many segments as you wish. In my case, I built the ramp and the deck in one day and installed the edging and dug the beds a few days later. A bit later I installed a drip irrigation system for the plants, so now I don't have to stand in the sun on a hot day with a hose! Good luck with your project.
Absolutley Love It!!!
At first I thought the &quot;Warehouse 13&quot; thing was a little cheesy, but now that I've seen your lawnmower, I would be worried too. And by worried I mean I would be asking to borrow it all the time. This is probably the best part of the design! And your shed as a whole is amazing!
Great work, I might see if I can do something like this with an old tin shed I have stored away behind the garage.
Great job and idea
Yay, sheds!

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